Information related to mandatory vaccination at the National Research Council of Canada


On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for public servants. Along with other separate agencies, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) was instructed to comply with this policy via a letter from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry on October 25, 2021.

As a result, the NRC closely replicated the policy and established our own framework and processes for implementation in our workplace. We also developed requirements for clients, collaborators, contractors, suppliers and tenants who require access to NRC worksites.

The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the NRC has been in effect since Monday, November 8, 2021.
The NRC's policy applies to continuing employees, term and short term employees, supplementary workers, students, non-salaried workers (volunteer visitors and independent visitors including visiting scientists and post-doctoral fellows working in NRC buildings) and those on secondment or interchange.

Fully vaccinated means having received a complete series of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn more about authorized vaccines for COVID-19. For those who are coming to Canada from other countries, learn more about what is considered fully vaccinated in Canada.

Those unable to be vaccinated due to a prohibited ground under the Canadian Human Rights Act, such as a medical contraindication, may request accommodation and will need to provide supporting documentation for consideration.

Safety protocols continue at all NRC sites: The NRC continues to follow safety protocols for employees and individuals to access buildings and facilities. Onsite operations continue in a carefully planned and controlled manner, while ensuring health and safety measures are compliant with the Public Service Occupational Health Program guidelines, Public Health Agency of Canada's guidelines and regional authorities.

Contractors, suppliers and tenants working on site at the NRC

Organizations who have contractors, suppliers or tenants working at the NRC are required to submit a certification that any personnel accessing NRC buildings and workplaces is fully vaccinated. New standard clauses on mandatory vaccination requirements have been incorporated into all new agreements and contracts since November 2021.

Are you a client or collaborator?

Client or collaborator organizations who have personnel accessing NRC buildings and workplaces for more than one day are also required to submit a certification that their personnel are fully vaccinated. The attestation must be provided by a management representative who has authority to bind the organization. Directors of operations within all NRC research centres can facilitate the attestation process.

Visiting for a short period of time?

No vaccination information is requested for visitors to NRC properties that are on site for occasional short durations (e.g. 1 day or less, and not on a regular basis) such as a meeting or event. Instead, visitors are to follow onsite safety protocols posted at building entrances, which include hand-washing, mask-wearing and physical distancing.

Onsite safety protocols such as hand-washing, mask-wearing and physical distancing are also required for one-time services where suppliers, contractors (and subcontractors) require access to buildings for short durations (1 day or less).